Eating and Drinking
Award winning restaurants, bars, cafes and ice cream parlours
This great-for-gourmets corner of Kent is becoming famous all over for fine produce, local markets and award-winning places to eat.
Here you’ll find a tempting range of independent eateries, alongside nationwide chain restaurants: everything from seafront chip shops to harbour-front restaurants, rural gastro pubs to vintage ice cream parlours and continental cafes. What’s more, there’s a growing number of wholefood, vegetarian and vegan eateries, including a vegan chip shop in Broadstairs!
Treat your taste buds to a mix of restaurants in Margate, specialising in fine Indian cuisine, Seafood, wood-fired pizza or authentic Thai dishes. If the weather’s fine, what could be better than enjoying your fish and chips beach-side, people-watching or waiting for the famous Margate sunset...
Meanwhile, Broadstairs is home to two original 1950s Italian ice-cream parlours, side-by-side with restaurants offering Seafood, Chinese, Italian, and Tapas, as well as cafes and chip shops a-plenty. Lots of traditional pubs, bars, and micro-pubs add to the lively mix.
Ramsgate’s laid-back continental feel is perfect for alfresco dining with views over the Royal Harbour from restaurants, cafes and bars, offering a range of Greek, Italian, Turkish and Seafood specialties. Ramsgate also boasts Thanet’s only Russian restaurant…
Thanet’s villages aren’t left out either...discover country pubs, cafes and cosy restaurants across Minster, Birchington, and some of our tucked-away beaches and bays.
If you like award-winning ales and ciders, you’ve come to the right place. Gadds' The Ramsgate Brewery specialises in creating award-winning, fresh cask and bottle beers, while Margate’s Northdown Brewery also supplies local pubs and bars, and is the latest addition to the scene. And that’s not all: check out Thanet’s Micro Pubs - we’ve got the highest concentration of these growing-in-popularity home-style pubs in the country
Keeping it local, this area of Kent is becoming famous for it’s fine produce. Enjoy Thanet flavours at Quex Barn in Birchington - where you’ll find deli, butchers’, and wet fish stalls alongside locally grown fruits and vegetables. Monthly Cliftonville Farmers Market brings local combines locally grown, cooked, and produced food-stuffs to a cracking cliff-top location. If you’re planning a picnic, stop off at one of a range of delicatessens opening up across Thanet for your supplies.
Serious foodies and casual tasters alike will enjoy Autumn’s annual Broadstairs Food Festival; a three day celebration of Thanet's finest meats, cheeses and breads, all washed down with Kent wines, ciders and ales. If that sounds good, don’t miss Margate’s Easter Thanet Beer Festival, showcasing the transformation of fine Kentish hops into an irresistible array of ciders, and ales.
Find out more at the Produced in Kent website, which champions a must-sample selection of local products and outlets.